A woman walks past a street monitor showing North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in a news report about North Korea's missile launch, in Tokyo, Japan, November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States.Wednesday's missile was more sophisticated than any previously tested, state media said.Pyongyang said the missile reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometers and splashed down 950 kilometres from its launch site.At least one Western expert said the missile's lofted trajectory suggested an actual range of 13,000 kilometers -- enough to hit every major US city.Tensions over the North's weapons program peaked after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September and then fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan.The US leader spoke by phone with both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in after Wednesday's test to underline the global threat posed by North Korea.Seoul is home to 10 million people and only about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the border -- well within range of Pyongyang's artillery.
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